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A crested bird (Opisthocomus hoazin) of tropical South America having brown and buff plumage and a blue face. Juveniles have claws on the first and second digits of the wings.
[American Spanish hoazín, from Nahuatl uatzin, pheasant or small game bird.]
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(Animals) a unique South American gallinaceous bird, Opisthocomus hoazin, with a brownish plumage, a very small crested head, and clawed wing digits in the young: family Opisthocomidae
[C17: from American Spanish, from Nahuatl uatzin pheasant]
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ho•at•zin(hoʊˈæt sɪn, ˈwɑt sɪn)
a slender, crested gallinaceous bird, Opisthocomus hoatzin, of the Amazon and Orinoco basins, with young having a temporary claw on the wing for grasping branches.
[1655–65; « Nahuatl huāctzīn,huāhtzīn name for several henlike birds of the Valley of Mexico]
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|Noun||1.||hoatzin - crested ill-smelling South American bird whose young have claws on the first and second digits of the wings|
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